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Raiders maintain 100% home record

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100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

Raiders RL 38
Sheff Hallam Eagles 22

SHEFFIELD HALLAM EAGLES brought a strong side to Stebonheath Park with a full intention of preventing the Raiders of another home win.
The game was played at a frantic pace from start to finish, with both defences on top form and both teams playing with speed, width and a high level of skill.
The Sheffield Eagles managed to open the scoring when they found an edge after Raiders were penalised for an offside managing to score in the corner and converting the try on 9 minutes.
The Raiders retaliated with lovely chip from pivot Shane Lee who gathered his own kick and passed to supporting players Harry Boots and Luke Williams who went smashing through the defence with the mercurial second rower Morgan Jefferies scoring out wide, the conversion was missed.
On the 3rd attacking set power house captain Alan Pope wrestled his way over the line to score on the Sheffield left flank, conversion missed again making the scores Raiders 8 – 6 Sheffield.
However the gain savvy Eagles managed to find an edge and score a well worked try in the corner on 27 minutes, conversion missed. Both teams tried everything to score but their defences were a match and went in on half time with a score Raiders 8-12 Sheffield.
The second half saw Sheffield come out all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they scored on the 43rd minute mark out wide and looked to be turning tide, however on the fifty three minute mark prop Ben Phillips smashed over the line and with a converted kick made the score more appealing to the Raiders, Luke Williams added the two points.
The Raiders spotted a weakness on the Sheffield left flank and power house centre Luke Williams smashed through 3 defenders to go 60 metres and score a fantastic individual try and converting his own kick out wide, the scores were now 20-16 in the favour of the Raiders.
Raiders now had their tails up playing with great confidence, experienced pivot Dan Maiden found a gap he had been looking for going 40 meters to score under the posts, Luke Williams adding the two points once again. After the try was scored an altercation occurred fists were thrown and resulted in a yellow card for Sheffield.
This invigorated Sheffield and with a penalty kicked in to touch Andrew
Rees leapt in the air and kept the ball in play, however the ref deemed the ball to have gone in to touch and from this Sheffield scored in the corner and also converted, this made the score Raiders 26-22 Sheffield.
After the kick off the Raiders had their pivot Shane Lee sent from the field for dissent and a minute later a Sheffield player had a red for his 3rd warning, also for dissent. Raiders made Sheffield pay for their sins by working the overlap and sending speedster Andrew Rees in at that the corner with Luke Williams sending the conversion over from out wide.
The final nail in the coffin for Sheffield came in the form of the Raiders hammer Harry Boots collecting an awkward ball and smashing through three defenders and popping the ball off to Andrew Rees who went the length of the field for the final try with Luke Williams converting again.
Raiders coach Jon Ellis was delighted with the win saying: “If people want to come and watch a great game they should get themselves down to Stebonheath and watch the skill, power, pace and passion that these Raiders boys play with, Sheffield came here from the North of England and gave their all but we showed players from west Wales can play rugby league, what a fantastic game that was.”

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Socially distant but always on duty – using technology to catch waste criminals

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is using high-tech surveillance techniques to tackle unscrupulous waste operators seeking to take advantage of the Coronavirus crisis.

Government guidelines on social distancing mean NRW officers are unable to use their usual investigation methods. As such, they have turned to sophisticated drone technology and satellite cameras to help in the tracking of waste criminals.

The new approach includes:

• Using drone footage to investigate illegal waste disposal.
• Participating and benefiting from research and tools created in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency through the Life SMART Waste Project.
• Trialling the use of satellite imagery obtained from the European Space Agency, as well as high resolution commercial satellite data.
• Adrian Evans, head of NRW’s Tackling Waste Crime initiative, explained:

“Social distancing is impacting on how companies supplying goods and services operate and waste criminals are taking advantage of this.

“We have had to modify our ways of working by developing technological solutions to support our work and ensure that waste operators comply with environmental regulations.

“This technology will ensure the environment of Wales is protected for the people who live here and for legitimate waste operators who abide by the rules and work in a responsible manner.

”Those hoping to exploit the lockdown restrictions to commit waste crime should think again. We have the capability and technology to continue to identify and pursue those that flout the law.”

This type of surveillance is already underway in south east Wales, where NRW and Gwent Police are using drones to investigate illegal activity.

PC Matt Andrews, who, as part of Gwent Police’s Rural Crime team, is the embedded officer with NRW and assists the South East Wales Operations team in tackling all types off illegal activity, said:

“During lockdown our waste team continues to have close communications with permitted waste sites, but we’ve also strived to find alternative ways to having boots on the ground.

“Drone work has helped us investigate illegal activity in remote locations while adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

“For example, the imagery can be used to identify the extent of illegal tipping on land which would normally take two NRW waste officers to physically investigate.”

The public and businesses can help by reporting any suspected illegal waste activity on our hotline 0300 065 3000.

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Police and Crime Commissioner reveals plans for proposed new Policing Hub and Custody Suite

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has revealed planning application documents for the proposed construction of a new Policing Hub and Custody Suite for Dyfed Powys Police, to be built at land west of Heol Aur, Dafen, Llanelli.

The new build is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.  BREEAM related developments offer more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work within them, and help protect natural resources. 

Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.

The proposed Dafen suites

Earlier in 2019, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn approved a decision to pursue the purchase of a council-owned site in Dafen, valued at £150,000, for the purpose of constructing the new Policing hub. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing. 

“We are still very much in the early stages in terms of the planning permission process, but I’m pleased to have reached this point in the process.  I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over the last couple of years to get to this position, and to announce and make public the initial planning application documents for the proposed new construction”.

As well as the planning consultation documents, proposed building plans and supporting documents have also been made available as part of a pre-application public consultation period.  The consultation provide those who may be interested in the proposals with an opportunity to view the draft application package and express their views. 

Usually, all planning consultation and application documents would be available to the public at their local library and online.  However, due to current circumstances with government enforcing social distance measures due to COVID-19, libraries within the local area are closed.   As such, anyone who wishes to view the application package are able to visit Asbri Planning’s website to view all documents;  www.asbriplanning.co.uk/statutory-pre-application-consultation, or to contact their office on 02920 732652.

Public consultations on planning applications usually last for 28 days, but due to the current circumstances, the consultation period has been extended by five working days to 35 days, to account for any delays associated with the circumstances. 

Dafydd Llywelyn said, “All these planning documents have now been made available for public consultation.  I encourage local residents in Llanelli and the wider community to obtain the planning application pack from agents Asbri Planning, and should they wish to submit any comments, they can do so by writing formally to colleagues at Asbri.”

The new Custody Suite will be one of seven custody locations across the force area with others located in Newtown, Ammanford, Brecon, Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest.

Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.

“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.

“This build will not replace the existing presence of our neighbourhood team in Llanelli town centre, but will enhance the service across the town and the wider communities.”

Once planning is granted, the aim is to complete the construction of the new build within a period of two years.

Heddwyn Thomas, Director of Estates at the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner at Dyfed Powys said, “The development will provide a fit for purpose future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base. This process brings us another step closer in the delivery of the new facility.”

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Stay at home this Easter, urges First Minister

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WALES’ First Minister and emergency services are calling on the people of Wales to stay home and respect social distancing this Easter holiday. The call comes as warm weather is predicted, sparking fears people will venture out of their homes.


The letter from First Minister Mark Drakeford is signed by Wales’ emergency and health services and council leaders, as well as the Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.


Health minister Vaughan Gething and chief medical officer Frank Atherton join the NHS, the police, fire and ambulance services, charities, councils and voluntary organisations as signatories to the letter.


It reads: “As the Easter bank holiday approaches, we have one message for everyone. Stay home and save lives.


“Our public services are working around the clock to care for and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Frontline workers are putting our health and care first, every day.


“We must continue to do everything we can to support them; to protect our NHS and to save lives.


“Stay at home and help stop the virus spreading.


“We know it’s hard and we want to thank you for sticking to the rules. There are some early signs this is having a positive impact but there’s still a long way to go. We know that staying at home for long periods is difficult and families all over Wales are making many sacrifices every day.


“Most people are doing just this, but it’s really frustrating to see some people flouting the rules and putting other people at risk. We are taking action to stop this happening.


“These rules are there to protect you and your loved ones. For most people the virus will cause a mild illness, but there’s a large number of people – children, adults and grandparents – who are at risk of serious illness if they are exposed.


“Sadly, a lot of people have already died after catching coronavirus. Families across Wales have lost loved ones to this virus – if we don’t act now, even more deaths will follow.


“Our actions and decisions over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will shape Wales for years to come.
“Please – stay home and save lives.”

The letter is signed by:

Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive
Tracey Cooper Public Health Wales Chief Executive
Carl Foulkes Chief Constable, North Wales Police
Mark Collins Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police
Matt Jukes Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Pam Kelly Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Andrew Morgan WLGA Leader, on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities
Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Jason Killens, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action Chief Executive
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Hugh Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive, Snowdonia National Park Authority

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